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The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and its industry partners sought to dispel myths about U.S. ethanol and open the door for the renewable fuel in the Japanese market this week at a workshop held in Tokyo for energy officials.
The U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) Director in Japan Tommy Hamamoto visited local feed millers and Wagyu cattle producers this month to promote the use of U.S. corn in their feed rations.
Wagyu cattle are predisposed to intense marbling, which means they produce cuts of meat that are more likely to receive higher quality grade scores.
This week's U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Chart of Note illustrates Japan’s returned interest and preference for purchasing U.S. corn. During March, Japan purchased more than 1 million metric tons (39.368 million bushels) of U.S. corn, and the country has already topped those sales during the first three weeks of April.
While the United States is likely months away from formal consideration of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the Japanese government announced this week it is initiating efforts for legislative ratification of the pact.
The announcement came through adoption of a Cabinet resolution that says the Japanese government will submit 11 bills to the Japanese Parliament, known as the Diet, aiming at ratifying TPP and enacting the bills required for approval of TPP.
The U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) office in Japan has published its first-ever white sorghum recipe book to encourage Japanese consumers to use U.S. white sorghum in every day food dishes.
A team of U.S. Grains Council (USGC) staff and two ethanol industry representatives traveled to Japan, Korea and Taiwan last month to review the ethanol markets in these countries and evaluate potential for ongoing U.S. ethanol export promotion programs in the region.
The team visited quasi-governmental organizations, government agencies, industry experts and representatives to both network and discuss possible in-roads for U.S. ethanol.
Japanese distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) end-users visiting the U.S. Midwest pose with Bruce Rohwer, an Iowa farmer, and his family in front of his combine. Sept. 16, 2015.
A team of Japanese regulatory officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) visited the United States last week to learn how U.S. agriculture stakeholders manage and regulate biotech crops.
Members of a Japanese media team visiting the United States tour a greenhouse facility at a Monsanto research laboratory in St. Louis, Missouri. Aug. 11, 2015.
A major Japanese network TV station aired an original story introducing U.S. white sorghum as a healthy grain to roughly 1 million consumers last month, a major milestone for the U.S. Grains Council’s local multi-year promotion of the food ingredient.